When the Sacramento Kings took Thomas Robinson in the 2012 NBA Draft, I thought they had the pick of the first round. Robinson is built like a power forward should be and I thought he was going to be a shoe-in for Rookie of the Year. However, things have not seemed to go Robinson’s way this season.
The rookie is currently averaging under five points and five rebounds a game, but he is only getting about 16 minutes per contest. That number seems a bit low, but the Kings do have some good front court players. However, that should not be holding Robinson back. Instead, it is some youthful mistakes that have contributed to his low numbers.
Admittedly, I have not seen as many Kings games this year as I would liked to but I did notice some things about Robinson. First, let us take a look at the good. The kid is an athletic freak and he showed it when he put Dwight Howard on a poster. He is also a determined rebounder and that is going to come in big some day. A lot of teams love players that will crash the boards no matter what.
With the good comes some bad. Robinson has issues that a lot of young players have. He struggles with fouls and that can be chalked up to a lack of experience. Robinson is going to learn about positioning and what he can and cannot do in the coming seasons. However, it is going to hold him back this year until he finally understands it.
With over half of the season in the books, Robinson has underperformed. He still has plenty of potential and I expect to see him play better the rest of the season.